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[hous-sit] /ˈhaʊsˌsɪt/
verb (used without object), housesat, housesitting.
to take care of a house or residence while the owner or occupant is temporarily away, especially by living in it.
Origin of housesit
1975-80; house + sit1, on the model of baby-sit
Related forms
house sitter, house-sitter, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for house-sit


verb (intransitive) -sits, -sitting, -sat
to live in and look after a house during the absence of its owner or owners
Derived Forms
house-sitter, noun
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Slang definitions & phrases for house-sit



To live in and care for a house free of charge or for a fee while the owner is away

[1970s+; modeled on baby-sit]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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